- Remember the important events and people in your life.
- Help your friends and family know who you were at different times of your life, and get a better sense of who you are today.
- Preserve details and memories of the past.
- Share your story with future generations of your family.
- Look through your photo albums, scrapbooks and journals for special memories and important moments.
- Ask your friends and families about their favorite stories from your life
- Think about your audience. Who are you writing for? What would you like them to know about you?
- Your parents
- Starting school
- Career choices
- Your family
- Sports, activities, interests
- High school
- Family, children, and grandchildren
- Later employment, retirement, or volunteering
- Reflections and thoughts you want to pass on
- College or job training
- First jobs
- Dating and/or marriage, starting a family
- Places you lived
- Hobbies, interests, and passions
- My community (church, local, activity-based, or otherwise)
- World events – important historical moments you experienced
- What is your earliest memory?
- What did your parents do?
- How did you get along with your siblings, if you had any?
- Who was your best friend as a child?
- What topics did you enjoy studying in school?
- How did you celebrate holidays as a child?
- How did the place and time that you grew up in shape who you are today?
- What person (or which people) influenced you most? Why?
- Write about an event that changed or shaped your life.
- What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
- What’s the best experience you’ve ever had?
- What has tested you most so far in life?
- What’s a day you’ll always remember?
- Have you ever won any awards or been recognized for any achievements or service?
- What’s your favorite place that you’ve visited?
- Have you lived through any important world events? How did they affect your life?
- What’s a story your family or friends love to hear you tell?
- Why are you writing your story? Who do you want to read it, and what do you want them to get from it?
- What are the guiding principles you’ve relied on in your life?
- What lessons have you learned that you want to share with your family and friends?
- Write about what you remember about each of your loved ones.
- What hobbies or special interests do you have? What’s your passion?
- What would you tell your younger self if you could?
Why write your life story?
There are so many reasons that we write about our lives. Writing lets you:
How to Get Started
If you’re having trouble getting started, you can use our questions below, or you can use resources you might already have on hand:
Organizing and Thinking About Your Story
When it comes to writing your story, you might want to start at the beginning of your life and walk through it step by step. Or, you might want to write chapters in random order, based on stories or important topics, and then reorganize them once you’re finished. The questions below can help you with either approach (or a mix of the two!).
Think about your early, middle and later years. For example:
Early Years (0-12)
Middle Years (35-49)
Teenage Years (13-19)
Later Years (50+)
Young Adult Years (20-35)
At any time that they fit, chapters could be added that focus on experiences such as:
By Individual Topic or Story
Sometimes it’s much easier to write about memories or topics as they come to you, and then put them in order after they’re finished.Here are some questions to help you get started: